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U.S. Capitol attack commission advances in Congress, but Republicans resist

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb through a window they broke as they storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A proposal to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack by a mob of Donald Trump's supporters advanced in Congress on Tuesday even as one key Republican announced opposition and another suggested the former president could become a witness.

The Democratic-backed proposal won approval in the House of Representatives Rules Committee, setting up a planned vote in the full House on Wednesday. The party-line vote in the committee, with Democrats in favor and Republicans against, came hours after Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican and a Trump ally, announced his opposition.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, pledged to bring the legislation up for a vote. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he was "pushing the pause button" on the idea of creating a commission.

Indicating that his rank-and-file Republicans had not yet coalesced around a position, McConnell said they would be willing to listen to Democrats' arguments.

Trump's actions likely would be closely scrutinized in any commission investigation. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, asked during a CNN interview whether Trump should talk to the panel if it is created, said: "If you put together a commission that is focused on the events of Jan. 6, then I think he's obviously a very key individual."

Trump, in a statement, urged Republicans not to approve the commission, calling it "just more partisan unfairness."

The Rules Committee advanced a separate bill that would provide $1.9 billion in emergency funding for Capitol security, also opposed by Republicans.

Repudiating a deal on the commission announced last week by the top Democratic and Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee, McCarthy said in a statement: "I cannot support this legislation."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, told reporters she was disappointed but not surprised over the "cowardice" shown by some Republicans "not to want to find the truth."

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, interrupting the formal congressional certification of President Joe Biden's election victory, fighting with police and leaving five dead including a police officer. Trump and some other Republicans have sought to downplay the violence.

McCarthy complained that Democrats refused to broaden the scope of the planned commission to include 2020 protests in many U.S. cities against racism and police brutality and a 2017 shooting that seriously wounded congressman Steve Scalise, now the No. 2 House Republican, during a practice at a baseball field.

Neither of those incidents was related to the Jan. 6 violence. Representative Tom Cole, the Rules Committee's top Republican, said it would make sense to include investigations into other acts of "political violence." Trump also said in his statement that violence associated with protests in other cities should be part of the investigation.

The bill would establish a 10-member bipartisan commission to investigate the causes of the attack, security shortcomings and intelligence information. The panel would be directed to release a final report by Dec. 31. It would be similar to one that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants and made sweeping recommendations.

The Capitol rampage came after Trump gave an incendiary speech to his followers, repeating his false claims of a stolen election. Trump, who was impeached afterward by the Democratic-led House on a charge of inciting insurrection, continues to falsely claim that last year's presidential election was marred by widespread fraud.

House Republicans last week ousted Representative Liz Cheney from their leadership for rejecting Trump's falsehoods.

Republicans also opposed the $1.9 billion bill that would help pay for costs related to the attack and improve security at the Capitol complex. Among their concerns were the price tag and a proposed new rapid-response force within the National Guard.

A seeming breakthrough came last week when legislation was announced giving Democrats and Republicans equal opportunity in choosing commission members and requiring that Democrats and Republicans on the panel approve witness subpoenas. Both were key demands being made by Republican leaders.

Some lawmakers revisited their memories of the attack during the debate over the commission.

"That day I crawled on my hands and knees in a gas mask" to seek safety, said Democratic Representative Norma Torres, who added that Capitol Hill workers "will carry the scars of that day for the rest of their lives."

U.S. Capitol attack commission advances in Congress, but Republicans resist
 

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William Smith
William Smith May 19, 2021 12:55AM ET
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The American hating lying leftists certainly control these "news" sites.
Steve Austin
Steve Austin May 18, 2021 11:10PM ET
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Hey Trumpers get over it hahahaha
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 10:39PM ET
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Um.. Attack?
Steve Austin
Steve Austin May 18, 2021 10:39PM ET
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Yeah, it's an attack when you assault police. Back the blue right?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 10:39PM ET
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They didn't assult the police?
William Smith
William Smith May 18, 2021 10:39PM ET
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Amazing the leftist lies believed by the populace.
Investing Man
Investing Man May 18, 2021 10:39PM ET
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Guess if people enter your property without permission, climb through your windows its just a greeting?
Thomas Tran
Thomas Tran May 18, 2021 10:37PM ET
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republican party is a joke. you can't take them seriously.
Jerry Li
Jerry Li May 18, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Washington was right about this country, it's failing not because of the economy or strength, but the political parties. They're just aiming for their own good instead of the country itself as a whole.
Investing Man
Investing Man May 18, 2021 10:03PM ET
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What they did was wrong. Period. If you support the attack on the American capital, you need to leave the country, you don't believe here.
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Steve Austin
Steve Austin May 18, 2021 10:03PM ET
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Nazis and Republicans have more in common. The Trump cult would love it if Trump was a dictator.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 10:03PM ET
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Steve Austin Not even. almost identical to Nazis are today's Democrats. they've even been talking about "deprogramming" citizens. And "re-education" camps.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 10:03PM ET
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Steve Austin The hate the flows through a Democrats veins is very comparable to that of a ****
Mark Stallone
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Steve Austin
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hail Trump. Funny how people believe he actually cares about you. He only knows how to lie and cheat. His businesses go bankrupt because he is an inept leader.
Yankee Steve
Yankee Steve May 18, 2021 9:57PM ET
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Please be accurate with your report. One police officer died the next day from stroke and not from getting pepper sprayed ir hit by fire extinguisher. Two more police offucers commit suicide. One air force veteran died when she try to climb thru a door and was shot. There were a couple of officers not too far behind her. What us the justification for murdering her? Two other peaceful protesters died if strokes also. Why didnt they released all the videos to the media and the public? What are they afraid off? The protesters are not evennas violent as the Summer protests.
Matthew King
Matthew King May 18, 2021 9:52PM ET
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ONE trump supporter died that day, no one else! The left incited and encouraged violence ALL last summer. Disgusting irrational people all of you!
John Hat
John Hat May 18, 2021 7:09PM ET
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Democrats=Nazis
Mad Money
Mad Money May 18, 2021 5:18PM ET
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Lock em all up
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 5:18PM ET
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They are, and have been.. In solitary confinement.. For trespassing.
Atlantic Coast Money
Atlantic Coast Money May 18, 2021 4:37PM ET
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Arizona is about to let the cat out of the back. Maricopa about to show that election machines can be hacked with an iphone.
Van Doza
Van Doza May 18, 2021 4:13PM ET
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Typical political agenda reporting by Reuters, who always attempt to frame political opinion pieces and similar hack as "reporting" or "journalism". Investing.com would do well to utilize more unbiased news services.
Atlantic Coast Money
Atlantic Coast Money May 18, 2021 4:13PM ET
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What do you expect for free. You want beneficial information, subscribe to Barron’s. Truly awesome.
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey May 18, 2021 4:04PM ET
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No commission to investigate a shooting 4 years ago. Nor one for 2020 summer riots. Nor one for January 6th unarmed civilian killed.but yeah. one for January 6th because trump
Larry Lester
Larry Lester May 18, 2021 4:04PM ET
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Seething and coping
Mathew Allison
Mathew Allison May 18, 2021 4:03PM ET
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'5 people including a capital officer' bs..an american soldier supporting freedom was killed and the cap. officers death was not related to it.
Investing Man
Investing Man May 18, 2021 4:03PM ET
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You must have been the only person not actually watching it happen
Mathew Allison
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'5 people including a capital officer' bs..an american soldier supporting freedom was killed and the cap. officers death was not related to it..bullcrap
Mathew Allison
Mathew Allison May 18, 2021 4:00PM ET
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what a bias article
Nick Glaser
Nick Glaser May 18, 2021 3:10PM ET
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This is all mole hill to mountain building. There was only one person killed by violence that day and it was an off duty female soldier killed by capitol police
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 18, 2021 2:41PM ET
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LOL, that was an “attack’?
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 2:00PM ET
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Uh.. Attack?
Alan Rice
Alan Rice May 18, 2021 1:44PM ET
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Penalty for US ANARCHISTS: harsh language.
Mike Wellons
Mike Wellons May 18, 2021 1:26PM ET
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Of course those that have the most guilt would opposed getting to the obvious truth
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson May 18, 2021 11:01AM ET
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And will they also investigate the hundreds of far worse BLM and Antifa riots that took place last summer?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 18, 2021 11:01AM ET
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by all mean investigate that, if you can tell us why you think they are related to the DC event in 6 Jan???
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 18, 2021 11:01AM ET
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Tre Hsi they were much worse, by given a pass by democrats
Terry Barker
Terry Barker May 18, 2021 10:15AM ET
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“Deadly” ? That is right. The only person that died was an unarmed Trump supporter, Ashley Babbitt. She was shot by the police. No charges brought against the officer.
Steve Austin
Steve Austin May 18, 2021 10:15AM ET
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highlight of the attack
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 18, 2021 10:09AM ET
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Too much dirt and embarrassment will come so they are trying to hide it. Being a Republican must be weird these days.
ben sc
ben sc May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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still frightened to death of Trump. this obsession defies logic. they want a domestic war on terror against Trump. even if you hate the guy this has to worry everyone.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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Qanon nonsense should frighten everyone
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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They are afraid of Trump because they know he won and they know the movement he represents is unstoppable.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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Nick Johnson you are in denial
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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What's a "Qanon"
Atlantic Coast Money
Atlantic Coast Money May 18, 2021 10:08AM ET
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You know they have some real DIRT they are doing their best to hide. One day, it will be uncovered.
 
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